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New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science mysteries

The Boston public access station WGBH has partnered with PBS for another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. The first of the miniseries’ six episodes…

Aereo-like NYC nonprofit Locast streams local TV for free

A nonprofit is bringing local broadcast television to the online masses for free, but who knows how long that will last. The organization, Sports Fans Coalition, launched the streaming site Locast.org on January 11th, letting anyone in New York City’…

‘Skullgirls’ relaunches on mobile as developer ditches publisher

Stylized fighting game Skullgirls came out for mobile in May of last year. It was developed by Autumn Games and initially published by Line. Now, the developer has decided to part ways with the publisher and go back to being independent. As a …

Twitter is notifying anyone who followed a Russian spam account

Last week, Twitter missed the deadline Congress set to turn over information on Russia-backed meddling in the 2016 election. Today, the social media company posted a public update on their internal investigation. First, they found thousands of…

Logan Paul forced YouTube to admit humans are better than algorithms

YouTube is no stranger to controversy. Many of its top stars have been in hot water recently: From PewDiePie making racists remarks, to a “family” channel with abusive kid pranks, the company’s been under fire for not keeping a closer eye on the the…

TaylorMade’s new putter can analyze your golf stroke

Blast Motion is known for making sports sensors aimed at improving your golf, baseball or softball performance and now they’ve teamed up with TaylorMade on a putter that can analyze your putting strokes. The Spider Interactive Powered by Blast putter…

Facebook’s next news feed tweak: ranking ‘trusted’ sources

Last week Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his year of making sure your time on Facebook is “well spent” by announcing that feeds will refocus on items shared by friends, instead of news. Today the CEO followed up with an announcement that the site will tr…

‘Zikr’ brings transcendental Sufi dancing to VR

Director Gabo Arora has spent the last few years promoting virtual reality as the ideal medium for evoking empathy. He spearheaded the UN’s VR app, which featured two of his films, Clouds Over Sidra and My Mothers Wing. Now with Zikr: A Sufi Revival,…

Oculus shows how much VR has evolved at Sundance

Two years into the rise of modern virtual reality, following the launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, the medium might seem seem as if it’s losing a bit of its luster. Headsets are cheaper and easier to use, especially with new Win…

This chat app only works when your phone battery is low

We spend a lot of time trying to eke out a few more minutes from our smart phones. Apple is offering cheap battery replacements and apologizing for iPhone slowdowns, while Android may update to show you which apps drain your battery the most. It’s no…